The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence

Author:   Stephen Kurczy ,  Roger Wayne
Publisher:   HarperCollins
ISBN:  

9781665100687


Publication Date:   03 August 2021
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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Captivating. --Kirkus Fascinating, deeply reported, and slightly eerie. --BookPage (Starred Review) The Quiet Zone will live on in your memory. --Bill McKibben A stunning portrait of an Appalachian community, the people who call it home, and the enduring human quest for quiet Deep in the Appalachian Mountains lies the last truly quiet town in America. Green Bank, West Virginia, is a place at once futuristic and old-fashioned: It's home to the Green Bank Observatory, where astronomers search the depths of the universe using the latest technology, while schoolchildren go without WiFi or iPads. With a ban on all devices emanating radio frequencies that might interfere with the observatory's telescopes, Quiet Zone residents live a life free from constant digital connectivity. But a community that on the surface seems idyllic is a place of contradictions, where the provincial meets the seemingly supernatural and quiet can serve as a cover for something darker. Stephen Kurczy embedded in Green Bank, making the residents of this small Appalachian village his neighbors. He shopped at the town's general store, attended church services, went target shooting with a seven-year-old, square-danced with the locals, sampled the local moonshine. In The Quiet Zone, he introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters. There is a tech buster patrolling the area for illegal radio waves; electrosensitives who claim that WiFi is deadly; a sheriff's department with a string of unsolved murder cases dating back decades; a camp of neo-Nazis plotting their resurgence from a nearby mountain hollow. Amongst them all are the ordinary citizens seeking a simpler way of living. Kurczy asks: Is a less connected life desirable? Is it even possible? The Quiet Zone is a remarkable work of investigative journalism--at once a stirring ode to place, a tautly-wound tale of mystery, and a clarion call to reexamine the role technology plays in our lives.

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Author:   Stephen Kurczy ,  Roger Wayne
Publisher:   HarperCollins
Imprint:   HarperCollins
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 17.00cm
Weight:   0.100kg
ISBN:  

9781665100687


ISBN 10:   1665100680
Publication Date:   03 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Kurczy succeeds in unlocking many secrets of this insular community. -- Publishers Weekly


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Stephen Kurczy is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The NewYork Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, and VICE, among other outlets. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a 2016-2017 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism. Kurczy has lived without a cell phone for over a decade. Roger Wayne served in the Air Force as a radio and television broadcast journalist in South Korea and won several awards before obtaining a BA degree in communications and journalism. He is an actor living in New York, narrating audiobooks, working on independent film projects, performing off Broadway, and auditioning for major network shows.

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